Born and raised in nonpareil New Orleans, Max Levy has gone from making ripples in New York by becoming the first non-Japanese chef at the illustrious Sushi Yasuda, to causing waves in his adopted city Beijing with the recent opening of swish sushi and cocktail bar, Okra, in the buzzy 1949 complex. We sipped on a sake while the indomitable chef shared stories of adversity, adventure, and his zaydeh’s kitchen… Hai!
Hey there, Georgie Girl… don your Burberry coat, slip into your Wellingtons and grab your brolly – we’re off to London! This month we’re giving you the chance to win a 2-night stay including breakfast at the simply stunning Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. With bustling Knightsbridge at its doorstep and leafy Hyde Park at its rear (the only London hotel with prime Hyde Park posi!), this Grande Dame unsurprisingly remains London’s premier address and a favourite among members of the Royal Family. If it’s good enough for Kate and Wills, it’s good enough for LUXE, so off we jolly well pop…
Forgotten something? If your leading lady (or man!) has sent your empty-handed self straight to the dog house this Valentine’s day, there’s but one thing you can do, and that is source lovely, sparkly, preferably jewel-encrusted baubles, and buy them no matter the price – ten minutes ago! You may be busy, and yes, roaming the frosty streets in search of last-minute treasures is less than appealing, but we’ve gone and done half the work for you, so read on for some fine jewellery inspiration and get ready to grovel.
Florence born and bred, Claudio Meli is the spirited general manager of J.K. Place Firenze, the chic n’ boutique townhouse beauty and LUXE favourite for its discreet service, great concierge and ace Sunday brunch. We got chatting with the seriously charming chap as he revealed some of his go-to local haunts, summer vacay tips, and what the future holds for this achingly gorgeous Florentine flop-spot. Avanti!
Snow, sleet, ice, and slush be damned, New York is truly a Wintour Wonderland this week, when the Fall/Winter 2014 shows go on despite record-breaking cold and endless snowfall. And though many an editor and model will be spotted tottering in safety-risking stilettos, posing for the street-style paparazzi with It accessories at perfectly-manicured fingertips, we’re bundling up in our cosiest mink and best snowboot for a trek to 30th and Lex, where London-based Dover Street Market – a.k.a. the street-style whisperer – set up a seven-storey concept shop in December.
Like its London and Tokyo sisters, DSM NY is curated by Commes des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, and features the likes of Christopher Kane, Rick Owens, Saint Laurent, plus haute shop-in-shops Louis Vuitton and Prada, and exclusives like Gaia Repossi jewellery and Michal Costiff’s fascinating World Archive display. With temps still hovering at the below zero mark, do you really need any other excuse to buy that new coat? Oh, go on, then…
160 Lexington Ave, New York. T: +1 646 837 7750. W: newyork.doverstreetmarket.com
Dear hearts, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’re loved up or sassy n’ single, you deserve a treat this hallmark holiday and boy, have we got a right royal one in store! We’ve teamed up with the Maldives’ lovely One&Only Reethi Rah to give away a 3-night retreat in one of their blissful Beach Villas, plus daily brekky, a top-to-toe massage for two, AND a romantic dinner for you and your special someone (or your best mate!). Worth winning? We thought so.
While North American news outlets are touting the impending Year of the Horse as a good omen for the Denver Broncos in Monday’s Superbowl, the rest of the world (including our hometown HK) is more concerned with exactly what kind of food and fortune we can expect to gallop our way this lunar new year. Feng shui fanatics and superstitious Sallys will say it’s time to put on the red lingerie for prosperity, sweep away the bad luck (a.k.a the cobwebs), and get familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of the seventh zodiac (pro: headstrong, con: heartbreaker), but rather than do all that, we’ve put together a LUXE how-to of horsey essentials. Go on, giddy-up…
Brit-born chef and restaurateur Mark Sargeant first made his name in the biz as wingman to hot-headed impresario Gordon Ramsay, manning the stoves at the renowned hat-trick Aubergine, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s. After co-authoring no less than 12 books with Ramsay, and launching solo ventures in his hometown Kent (namely Rocksalt and The Smokehouse), the dynamo pan-man has set his sights on Asia with Singapore’s pub-inspired Oxwell & Co. We caught up with Mark to talk cocktails, kids, and cussing in the kitchen.
Dear hearts, Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be a big one at LUXE HQ and of course we’ve got some amazing prizes up for grabs, starting with a 2-night stay at Bangkok’s iconic, demure darling, The Sukhothai. But that’s not all – we’re also giving away a super stylish Jet Set Tote by Hong Kong designer MISCHA, fab for stowing your travel essentials on this glam getaway.
What are you waiting for? Get clickin’, chickens!
We’re off to spend some quality time with our favourite canines, and will be back after a short break. Wishing you happy holidays and safe travels – see you in 2014! Mwaah!
Lots of love from The LUXE Editors, TTFN!